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For flander lives upon fucceffion *;
For ever hous'd, where it once gets poffeffion.
E. Ant. You have prevail'd; I will depart in quiet, And, in defpight of mirth+, mean to be merry. I know a wench of excellent difcourfe, Pretty and witty, wild, and, yet too, gentle; There will we dine: this woman that I mean, My wife (but, I proteft, without desert,) Hath oftentimes upbraided me withal; To her will we to dinner. Get you home, And fetch the chain; by this, I know, 'tis made; Bring it, I pray you, to the Porcupine; For there's the house': that chain will I bestow (Be it for nothing but to fpight my wife) Upon mine hollefs there. Good Sir, make haste : Since my own doors refufe to entertain me, I'll knock elsewhere, to fee if they'll difdain me.
Ang. I'll meet you at that place, fome hour, Sir, hence.
E. Ant. Do fo; this jeft fhall coft me some expence. [Exeunt.
The House of Antipholis of Ephefus. Enter Luciana, with Antipholis of Syracufe. Luc. And may it be, that you have quite forgot Ahufband's office? fhall, Antipholis, hate,
*For flander lives upon fucceffion.] The line apparently wants two fyllables: what they were cannot now be known. The line may be filled up according to the reader's fancy, as thus:
For lafhing flander lives upon fucceffion.
And, in defpight of mirth, -] Mr.Theobald does not know what to make of this; and, therefore,
Even has put wrath instead of mirth into the text, in which he is followed by the Oxford Editor. But the old reading is right; and the meaning is, I will be merry, even out of fpite to mirth, which is, now, of all things, the moft unpleafing to me. WARBURT. 5 In former copies,
And may it be, that you have quite forgot
Even in the spring of love, thy love-fprings rot?
ufe her with more
Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth
Be not thy tongue thy own fhame's orator;
Apparel vice, like virtue's harbinger;
And let her read it in thy looks at board :
Being compact of credit, that you love us; Tho' others have the arm, fhew us the fleeve : We in your motion turn, and you may move us. Then,
An Hufband's Office? Shall, An-
Ev'n in the Spring of Love, thy
dent at Prefs, as I take it; This Scene for Fifty two Lines fucceffively is ftrictly in alternate Rhimes and this Measure is never broken, but in the Second and Fourth Lines of these two Couplets, 'Tis certain, I think, a Monofyllable dropt from the Tail of the Second Verfe; and I have ventur'd to supply it by, I hope, a probable Conjecture.
6 Alas, poor Women! make us not believe, &c.] From the whole Tenour of the Context it is evident that this Negative 2 (not)
in again ́;
Then, gentle brother, get you
When the sweet breath of flattery conquers ftrife. S. Ant. Sweet miftrefs, (what your name is elfe, I know not;
Nor by what wonder you do hit on mine :) Lefs in your knowledge and your grace you fhow not Than our earth's wonder, more than earth, divine. Teach me, dear creature, how to think and fpeak;
Lay open to my earthy grofs conceit, . Smother'd in errors, feeble, fhallow, weak,
The folding meaning of your words' deceit;
Your weeping fifter is no wife of mine;
Far more, far more, to you do I decline.
Spread o'er the filver waves thy golden hairs, And as a bed I'll take thee, and there lie: And in that glorious fuppofition think, He gains by death, that hath such means to die, Let love, being light, be drowned if she fink. Luc. What, are you mad, that you do reason fo? S. Ant. Not mad, but mated; how, I do not know. Luc. It is a fault that fpringeth from your eye. S. Ant. For gazing on your beams, fair fün, being
(not,) got Place in the firft Co-
another in many other Paffages of our Author's Works. THEO. * Vain is light of tongue, not veracious.
Luc. Gaze where you should, and that will clear
S. Ant. As good to wink, fweet love, as look on night.
Luc. Why call you me, love? call my fifter fo. 8. Ant. Thy fifter's fifter.
Luc. That's my fifter.
S. Ant. No;
It is thyfelf, mine own felf's better part:
Luc. Oh, foft, Sir, hold you still;
I'll fetch my fifter, to get her good will. [Ex. Luciana.
Enter Dromio of Syracufe.
S. Ant. Why, how now, Dromio, where run'ft thou fo faft?
S. Dro. Do you know me, Sir? am I Dromio? am I your man? am I myself?
S. Ant. Thou art Dromio, thou art my man, thou art thyself.
S. Dro. I am an ass, I am a woman's man, and befides myself.
S. Ant. What woman's man? and how befides thyfelf? S. Dro Marry, Sir, befides myfelf, I am due to a woman; one that claims me, one that haunts me, one that will have me,
cant of lovers. When he calls her his heaven's claim, I cannot underftand him. Perhaps he means that which he asks of heaven. K 3 S. Ant.
My fole earth's heav'n, and heaven's claim.] When he calls the girl his only heaven on earth, he utters the common
S. Ant. What claim lays fhe to thee?
S. Dro. Marry, Sir, fuch a claim as you would lay to your horfe; and fhe would have me as a beaft: not that, I being a beaft, fhe would have me; but that fhe, being a very beaftly creature, lays claim to me.
S. Ant. What is fhe?
S. Dro. A very reverent body; ay, fuch a one as a man may not speak of, without he fay, Sir reverence: I have but lean luck in the match; and yet is fhe a wond'rous fat marriage.
S. Ant. How doft thou mean, a fat marriage?
S. Dro. Marry, Sir, fhe's the kitchen wench, and all greafe; and I know not what ufe to put her to, but to make a lamp of her, and run from her by her own light. I warrant, her rags, and the tallow in them, will burn a Lapland winter: if fhe lives 'till doomsday, fhe'll burn a week longer than the whole world.
S. Ant. What complexion is fhe of?
S. Dro. Swart, like my fhoe, but her face nothing like fo clean kept; for why? fhe fweats, a man may go over fhoes in the grime of it.
S. Ant. That's a fault, that water will mend.
S. Dro. No, Sir, 'tis in grain; Noah's flood could not do it.
What's her name?
S. Dro. Nell, Sir;-but her name and three quarters (that is, an ell and three quarters) will not measure her from hip to hip.
7 S. Ant. What's her name? S. Dro. Nell, Sir; but her Name is three Quarters; that is, an Ell and three Quarters, &c.] This Paffage has hitherto lain as perplext and unintelligible, as it is now eafs, and truly humorous. If a Conundrum be reftor'd, in fetting it right, who can help it? There are enough befides in
our Author, and Ben Johnson, to